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The Exterminator (Unrated Director's Cut) (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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The man they pushed too far is coming for you--in high-def! The exploitation revenge classic THE EXTERMINATOR burns onto Blu-ray in a newly re-mastered uncut version!
Christopher George, Robert Ginty and Samantha Eggar star in The Exterminator, James Glickenhaus' explosive story of Vietnam vet John Eastland (Ginty), a man who launches a bloody vendetta against the New York underworld when his best friend is brutally beaten by a vicious street gang. Eastland becomes a vigilante hero to the public, but to police The Exterminator is a psychopath capable of dangerously undermining an entire government administration. Synapse Films is proud to present The Exterminator in its more violent and gory director's cut, lovingly restored in high-definition from original vault materials.

  • Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
  • Restored DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo
  • Uncensored Version
  • Director's Audio Commentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots


One of the most cold-blooded and controversial revenge films ever made, this is a sick example of the almost unbelievable descent into gruesome savagery in American movies. -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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  • Actors: Robert Ginty, Christopher George, Samantha Eggar, Steve James
  • Directors: James Glickenhaus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058EM22W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
The Exterminator Blu-ray Review

Distributor : Synapse Films (US)

For a movie that contains such visual delights as beatings, burning, beheading, forced prostitution and the painfully slow decent of another unfortunate victim into a working meat grinder, it is no wonder that the The Exterminator has had its share of controversy over the years.

Robert Ginty plays an ordinary every day guy who after a particularly nasty attack on his best friend, sets about dispatching the criminal element of 1980's New York in ways which would give even Jigsaw nightmares. Highlights of vengeance include extreme facial surgery involving a group of hungry rats, poison tipped bullets and the previous mentioned incident where the local gangster is quite literally turned into a string of sausages. Even the family dog doesn't escape unharmed in this one folks!

With the varying amounts of violence on display, it is no wonder that the film has suffered numerous cuts over the years, however it is the gritty realism of the film itself rather than any one particular gore scene which ultimately unnerves the viewer and actually makes for a pretty good story beneath all of the carnage.

Released on Blu-ray by Synapse Films on a region free disc, the film is presented in its fully uncut directors print which features all of the gore excised from previous releases. Synapse have gone to town on this release and have invested in a brand new 2k scan from the original materials which has produced a quality 1080p 1.78:1 transfer of the film that put simply is stunning. Detail is sharper than ever before with colours and black levels appearing really well defined.
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Ok I thought the Anchor Bay re-release of this film a few years ago would be the LAST and final time this FANTASTIC movie would see the light of day. Then only last month I find out that TANGO? Entertainment has slated to release this film and it has been digitally REMASTERED!!!SWEET.I then read that this will ONLY be available FULLSCREEN not in Widescreen. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!! So today the disc arrives. The packaging is super cheap and nothing to it.However I NEVER judge a disc on that. So i pop the disc in...well Yeah HURRAY it is in WIDESCREEN HOWEVER THIS HAS NOT BEEN REMASTERED!!!!!!!!It is exactly the same poor print Anchor Bay was shoving in our faces. So these guys pick up ther print from Anchor Bay and slap it in a new box. Check out the Green Background scenes AND the Rooftop scenes (always a good point to see those nicks and scratches)This is pathetic. This film MORE than deserves a proper release. If you OWN the Anchor Bay cut of this then keep it and skip this. If not then pick it up. I am only giving this dvd 2 starts due to the fact that I am only pleased to see it back out and about. Even if has been done POORLY so.
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The Exterminator was made before big budget movies like the The Terminator 1984 and Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (Extreme DVD) 1991, Exterminator relied on a low budget and some great acting and guts. I will say The Exterminator was, and is a blueprint for all hollywood vigilante type films after 1980, that even "Titanic 1997" director James Cameron has seen and took notice of. People have complained about a properer release of "The Exterminator". I agree, I wish this 1998 Anchor Bay release had some extra features, interviews, Director comments and of course "Exterminator" Trailers. This film is presented in its original widescreen 1:85:1. I think the film transfer of this film to dvd is excellent and again another fine Anchor Bay release. The roof scene with the pigeons you do see some dust lines, but that was because the of this films low budget. Anchor Bay did the best film tranfer of this limited film quality. Yeah!! I know this is a Death Wish ripoff,(Death Wish,Death Wish 2, but beleive me "The Exterminator" has its shining moments. The music by Joe Renzetti is very realistically inspiring and captures the mood of the film well. The most realistic part was when "The Exterminator" John Eastland picks up a prostitute and brings her to a hotel. As the prostitute removes her blouse John notices that her breasts have been burned.Read more ›
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Fans of "Death Wish", "Rolling Thunder" and 70s/80s exploitation and grindhouse cinema will cherish this forgotten,overlooked gem. It has all the ingredients one would expect for film of this nature: ultra-violence,sleaze,lack of and disregard for political correctness,raw,independent guerrilla film-making feel, evocative locations of an era long extinct etc.

Fast-paced, despite some shoddy editing and a pointless romantic sub-plot with a detective and his GF(the film's only real flaws IMO). Big on action,just the opening sequence alone will have the viewer hooked. Some very creative kills, including a kill with a meat-grinder and when a prostitute gets tortured with a soldering-iron(mostly off-camera, but implied enough that you get the point and disturbing). Some great explosions despite the budgetary constraints. An authentic realism and feel to the story. Very un-P.C.(a big plus for some), back in the day when you could make a movie without social and political pressure to tow a certain ideological party line. And no preaching or "social redeeming" crap. Love it! Enough brutal violence and some excellent bloodshed to satisfy genre fans.

In the past, most copies were the censored theatrical version. Now,the cuts only amount to about 40 seconds or so(mostly the decaptation at the opening Vietnam sequence and the meat-grinder kill), but it's still nice to have it uncut,just out of principle alone. When Anchor bay got it, they released it uncut for the first time, on VHS and DVD,not a great transfer. Then came the awful Tango DVD,still uncut,and widescreen,but non-anamorphic,audio problems,shoddy transfer and no menu!! Now we can toss that copy away and forget it existed because....

Synapse has done an excellent job here.
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